Chemistry

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements

    Thirty-six credits which must include:

    1. Core Courses (28 cr): CHM-115, 223, 224, 230, 320, 331, and 332

    2. Select Area of Concentration:

    • Chemistry: eight credits from CHM-251, 300 or 400 level courses, BCM-321 or 422. At least four credits must be at or above the 300 level.
    • American Chemical Society Certified Degree: CHM-313 and 314; BCM-321; and four credits chosen from CHM-399, 411, 499, or BCM-422 (must include 150 lab hours).
    • Pre-Medicine: BCM-321 and four credits from 300 or 400 level courses in Chemistry (see Program Considerations below); The American Chemical Society Certified Degree is also available with the pre-medicine concentration.

    3.  Successful completion of CHM-450.

     

    Cognate Courses Required for All Chemistry Majors:

    1. MTH-121 and MTH-122

    2. PHY-121 and PHY-122; or PHY-112 and PHY-113

  • Program Considerations
    • Potential majors are advised to schedule MTH-121 and 122 and PHY-121 and 122 (or PHY-112 and 113) in the freshman and sophomore years so they may enroll in CHM-331 and 332 in the junior year.

    • Completion of an independent research project normally culminating in a senior thesis is recommended. Students bound for graduate school should make careful course selections to support their particular area of emphasis; participation in research, completion of CHM-313, 314 and 411, MTH-210 and 211 should be considered.

    • Experience with calculus based physics (PHY- 121 and 122) is preferred over PHY-112 and 113.

    • The Chemistry department strongly recommends, in order to be a competitive medical school applicant, students completing a Chemistry major also take genetics and physiology, in addition to considering upper level electives from Biology, Biochemistry or Integrated Physiology and Health Science.

    • In addition, students who plan to take the MCAT at the end of the junior year are encouraged to take CHM-115 in the fall of their first year so that BCM-321 can be completed in advance of taking the MCAT (CHM-115, 223, 224, 230 and BIO-121 are prerequisites to BCM-321).

  • Departmental Honors

    Students may achieve honors in Chemistry by:

    1. Earning a 3.5 GPA in all chemistry classes.
    2. Performing at a superior level in departmental Senior Seminar.
    3. Preparing and presenting a senior thesis of honors caliber. See the Department chair for details on how to fulfill the thesis requirements.
  • Minor requirements

    Twenty-four credits which must include: Eight credits numbered 300 or above (BCM-321 and 422 may also be applied toward this minor)

  • Teaching Major Requirements

    Completion of the requirements for the Chemistry major.

  • Teaching Minor Requirements

    Twenty-four credits which must include:

    1. CHM-115, 223, 224, 230 and BCM-321

    2. Four credits from CHM-320, 331 or 332

  • American Chemical Society Certified Degree

    American Chemical Society Certified Degree Completion of CHM-115, 223, 224, 230, 313, 314, 320, 331, 332, 450, BCM-321 and four credits chosen from CHM-399, 411, 499, or BCM-422. Completion of 400 hours of laboratory work beyond CHM-115 is required. If independent study is used to satisfy the ACS-certified degree requirements, a written research report is required. Students must consult with the Chemistry chair prior to their junior year for approval of their program.

  • Four credits from CHM, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Physical Sciences.

Courses

  • CHM
    103M
    .
    Basic Chemical Investigations
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: MTH-100 or Placement
    Basic chemical phenomena and methodology for non-science majors. Topics center on real-world problems and societal issues with significant chemical content. Laboratory uses modern chemical instrumentation including spectrophotometers. Does not count toward the Chemistry major or minor. DR and academic credit will only be awarded to one of CHM-103 or CHM-115. Spring Term only. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    115
    .
    Chemical Analysis
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: MTH-110 or Placement
    Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry in a context of chemical analysis. Intended for students in the sciences. Includes the periodic table, elements, ionic and covalent compounds, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, gases, pH and acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions. DR and academic credit will only be awarded to one of CHM-103 or CHM-115. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    199
    .
    Chemistry Independent Study
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Planned program of reading or laboratory experimentation. Course fee.
  • CHM
    223
    .
    Organic Chemistry I
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-115
    Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    224
    .
    Organic Chemistry II
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-115, 223
    Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    230
    .
    Inorganic Chemistry
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-224 or Permission
    Study of the chemistry of the metals and non-metals emphasizing periodic behavior, elementary thermodynamics, ionic and covalent structures, oxidation and reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, equilibria, transition metal complexes and reaction kinetics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    251
    .
    Chemistry of Ordinary Things
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-223
    An exploration of the applications of principles of general and organic chemistry of everyday phenomena. Additional topics include an introduction to drug design and aspects of spectroscopy to probe molecular structure. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    280
    .
    Topics in Chemistry
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    Chemical topics chosen by the instructor. May be taken more than once for credit. Course fee may apply.
  • CHM
    310
    .
    Medicinal Chemistry
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    Study of the molecular aspects of drug function leading to an understanding of the basis for rational drug design. Discussion of physical-chemical properties and their effect on biological activity, structure-activity relationships, drug metabolism and receptor theory.
  • CHM
    311
    .
    Environmental Chemistry
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    Introduction to environmental chemistry, emphasizing the origins, transport, reactions, effects and fates of chemical species in the water, air, soil and living environments.
  • CHM
    312
    .
    Fragrance and Flavor Chemistry
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    A study of the physiological basis for smell and taste, history of fragrances and flavors, origins and analysis of natural materials and raw materials for and production of synthetic ingredients. The fragrance and flavor industry, marketing and product application will also be discussed. There is no separately assigned lab, however students will be engaged in laboratory exercises. Course fee.
  • CHM
    313
    .
    Inorganic Structures
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    A survey of inorganic species including symmetry, bonding models and spectroscopy. An overview of the reactions of organometallic compounds will be included.
  • CHM
    314
    .
    Bioinorganic Chemistry
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    The study of the use of metals by biological species emphasizing inorganic models, reaction types and reaction mechanisms.
  • CHM
    320
    .
    Instrumental Analysis
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    Principles and laboratory methods of chemical analysis using instrumentation: chromatography, spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, atomic absorbance and ion selective electrodes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    331
    .
    Chemical Thermodynamics
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230, MTH-122 and PHY-113 or 122
    The laws of thermodynamics are applied to chemical mixtures and reactions, and the principles of statistical mechanics are used to derive these laws from the behavior of single molecules. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    332
    .
    Quantum Chemistry
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230, MTH-122 and PHY-113 or 122
    The principles of quantum mechanics are used to describe the structure of atoms and molecules and their spectroscopic properties. The kinetics of chemical reactions are studied and rate laws are derived. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    380
    .
    Topics in Chemistry
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    Chemical topics chosen by the instructor. May be taken more than once for credit.
  • CHM
    399
    .
    Chemistry Independent Study
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Laboratory investigation of an original problem. Course fee.
  • CHM
    411M
    .
    Advanced Organic Chemistry
    4 credits
    Prerequisite: CHM-230 or Permission
    An advanced study of spectroscopic and synthetic methods with an emphasis on biologically relevant molecules. This course has an intensive laboratory component that helps prepare students for post-graduate studies or direct employment in the scientific community. Advanced techniques include multi-dimensional NMR, rotary evaporation, chromatography, solid phase synthesis, reactions requiring inert atmospheres and multi-step synthesis. Special emphasis will be placed on developing laboratory procedures from the primary literature. Spring Term only. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    450
    .
    Senior Seminar
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Senior Standing; BCM or CHM Major
    Analysis of the literature in a variety of chemical subfields. Culminates in an oral exam evaluating the ability to read and interpret the literature. Course fee.
  • CHM
    480
    .
    Topics in Chemistry
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: CHM-230
    Chemical topics chosen by the instructor. May be taken more than once for credit.
  • CHM
    499
    .
    Chemistry Independent Study
    1 credit
    Prerequisite: Permission
    Laboratory investigation of an original problem. Course fee.
  • CHM
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    2 credits
    Prerequisite: Six credits in CHM-399 or 499 or taken concurrently
    Preparation of a comprehensive thesis and a public presentation on an investigation of an original problem. Required for departmental honors.